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Best opportunity in a retail environment.

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Product Advisor in Scottsdale, AZ
Current Employee - Product Advisor in Scottsdale, AZ

I have been working at Microsoft

Pros

Fun, friendly team environment, a lot of support for employee development whether that is by your peers or management, helps you stay in touch with what's new in the PC/smart phone/gaming industries

Cons

At the immediate store, there is a lot of support and push to get things done but there can be a lot of red tape if the "something" must be first approved by corporate

Advice to ManagementAdvice

You guys are doing a great job really, keep it up. As far as the guys up in corporate, well hopefully all of the processes will be figured out in the next few years so things can run smoother in the field/on the sales floor.

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    A dream job - only in your dreams!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    -Access to smart people
    -Decent benefits
    -Safe job
    -Great for your career if you know how to kiss ass

    Cons

    -You have to kiss ass
    -Overloaded with work at any given time!
    -It's not a 9-5 job! It's a lifestyle! You work 24/7 in most teams!
    -Teams like Bing have constant reorgs. I know people who've had between 3-6 managers a year for 5 years straight.
    -Online services has the worst work-flife balance!
    -Review system is horrible. Peer review is a way to bring your peers down!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Function like a startup! When was the last time anybody had to go read a spec? Those specs rot in that stupid Sharepoint db! Put customers and features first!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    Extraordinarily awful management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Great benefits package, although health care benefits have been reduced recently.

    Cons

    Extremely poor management / leadership. Very much a "who talks loudest" environment, not a merit-based environment. Turnover of high performers is extremely high - both executives and rank and file. Outstanding people usually leave within a few years. Lots of internal fighting, politics, backstabbing, very little concern for customers (except in the field).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of Ballmer and bring in a CEO who knows how to build a great leadership team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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